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Pesticide training class Feb. 27 in York

Pesticide training class Feb. 27

A class for anyone interested in taking the Private (Pesticide) Applicator License Exam will be held 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the York County Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St.

Certified private applicators, as defined by federal law, are private property owners or their employees who apply restricted-use pesticides to their own land to produce agricultural commodities, or on associated non-cropland. This includes farms, ranches, greenhouses, nurseries and forests but not ornamental landscapes, lawns or vegetable gardens for personal use.

The $50 fee, payable by cash or check, includes lunch. Registration is required. Call 803-684-9919, ext. 112, or email for information.

Piedmont Social House opening in Ayrsley

New Forum Inc., one of the main developers of the Town of Ayrsley, will open Piedmont Social House this spring at 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.

Piedmont Social House is a restaurant and entertainment venue that encourages socialization by way of culinary craftsmanship, cocktails, a cultivated beer selection and multiple gaming options, including bowling, darts, billiards, pingpong, cornhole, shuffle board and bocce ball. The 21,000 square feet of indoor space and a 5,000 square feet patio is being designed by Overcash Demmitt Architects.

“Piedmont Social House will be an excellent dining choice in a unique atmosphere. It will also fill a large void of leisure activity for residents living within the triangle between Gastonia, Ballantyne and Fort Mill,” said William Hodges, New Forum’s Broker and one of the developers of the project.

The restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating serving a modern menu influenced by traditional Southern flavors. A condensed menu will be available at the bowling lanes, pub and gaming areas.

Birthday parties, board game events, neighborhood nights, live music and friendly gaming competitions will be offered. Piedmont Social House also will offer meeting space, team building events, in-house event planning services and VIP bowling lanes for businesses.

Consulting on the project was provided by John Holden of JWH Consulting with 35 years of experience in bowling, entertainment and F&B operations. Concorde Construction Co. is the general contractor.

StaffMasters earns Best of Staffing award

StaffMasters was presented with the Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client Award, presented in partnership with CareerBuilder.

With satisfaction scores more than three times higher than the industry average, award winners make up less than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence. StaffMasters received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 65.5 percent of its clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 32 percent.

Charlotte-based StaffMasters was founded in 1982 and is a privately-held regional staffing company with offices in North and South Carolina. The company provides short or long-term temporary associates, as well as direct hire staffing solutions. Visit for information.

Comporium adds connected home offering

Comporium has launched PEQ (pronounced “peek”), a home automation system available at four of Comporium’s retail locations in York and Lancaster counties.

Starting at $119.99, a consumer can purchase the self-installed PEQ system, which enables them to self-manage their home through any Internet-connected device like their laptop or smartphone. Comporium will provide the PEQ starter kit and an array of optional sensors and devices at the following stores: 1739 Cherry Road and 739 Galleria Blvd. in Rock Hill; 2386 Highway 160 West in Fort Mill; and, 969 SC-9-Bypass West in Lancaster.

PEQ, which was developed by SmartHome Ventures, is designed to be installed by the customer who can easily do it without professional assistance.

For more information, visit